Graptopetalum amethystinum (Rose) E.Walther
Lavender Pebbles, Jewel Leaf Plant
Graptopetalum amethystinum is a beautiful slow-growing succulent that forms rosettes on erect to decumbent-pendent, up 1 foot (30 cm) long stems. The rosettes grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Leaves are fleshy, rounded, first rose-colored, later grey, and with powdery coating. Flowers are star-shaped, whitish-yellow to pale yellow, and cross-banded with dark red.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The rules for Graptopetalum care are similar to those for most succulents. All require lots of sunlight to look their best. They require gritty, porous soil with excellent drainage. Water regularly over the summer months and let the soil dry out between waterings. Minimal water is required over winter. Overwatering is a cause of root rots, and the plant can get several pest infestations. Fertilize once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/4 strength.
Graptopetalums are generally easy to propagate by seeds, leaf cuttings, or offsets. Any rosette that breaks off has the potential to root and start a new plant. Even a leaf that drops off will root below the parent plant and produce a new rosette quickly. The new plant feeds off the leaf until it shrivels up and falls off. By then, the new little plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.
This species is native to Mexico.
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